Following yesterday's dual poster releases with our UK partners at Black Dragon Press, we're excited to present an unlikely but compelling pairing, from the pages of classic literature of the early 1900s to your Playstation in the early 2000s: Claire Hummel's near-tactile tribute to one of our favorite video games, KATAMARI DAMACY, and Taylor Dolan's elegantly haunting THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, featuring artwork originally commissioned for our friends at The Folio Society.
Though the works being celebrated could hardly be more different — and were released a century apart — each is an indisputable classic of their medium, boldly translated by an extraordinary artist.
"In 2019, I was invited by The Folio Society to illustrate a new edition of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera, and I happily curled up in the visuals of creating that world. It was a wonderful surprise to be asked to revisit that project with Mondo to celebrate the silent film version in poster form. The Phantom of the Opera is about desperation, opulence and sheer drama, all of which are delightful parameters to work in." - Taylor Dolan
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Screenprinted Poster. Art by Taylor Dolan. Printed by DL Screenprinting. 24"x18". Edition of 175. Expected to ship in March 2021. Ships worldwide. $45.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Screenprinted Poster - Variant Edition. Art by Taylor Dolan. Printed by DL Screenprinting. 24"x18". Edition of 100. Expected to ship in March 2021. Ships worldwide. $65.
"Having played a lot of Katamari Damacy back in college, I wanted to do a piece that paid tribute to the game's specific brand of weirdness. I sketched out a number of thumbnails, but everyone immediately gravitated towards the trompe l’oeil effect of the Prince rolling up his own poster.
Since the game diligently catalogues every item you roll up, I wanted to make sure everything I drew into the Katamari was something directly out of the game: the merman, the dog with fleas, the inexplicably still-lit campfire. I did a quick 3D mockup in Maya with a bunch of cubes just to get a rough layout for the sphere, and then went to work replaying the game on my Switch and filling in as many specific objects as was humanly possible."
- Claire Hummel
KATAMARI DAMACY Screenprinted Poster. Art by Claire Hummel. Printed by White Duck Editions. 18"x24". Edition of 225. Expected to ship in April 2021. Ships to US & Canada customers only. $50.
Both posters (and variant) will be on sale Thursday 1/14 at 11am Central on The Drop.